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Flowers left for Julia Grant
Julia Dent Grant: Madam, you will be remembered as the wife of the 18th President of the United States, Ulysses S. Grant, and was First Lady of the United States from 1869 to 1877. As first lady, you rejoiced in your husband fame as a victorious general, and she entered the White House in 1869 to begin, in your words, "the happiest period" of her life. With Cabinet wives as your allies, you entertained extensively and lavishly. The social highlight of the Grant years was the White House wedding of their daughter in 1874. Contemporaries noted her finery, jewels, and silks and laces. After four years of war, an assassination, and an impeachment trial, Washington was ready for a little levity, and you obliged. You offered a full array of events and became a popular hostess. You planned lavish state dinners, where guests enjoyed expensive wines and liquors, made a trip around the world that became a journey of triumphs. You proudly recalled details of hospitality and magnificent gifts they received. A highlight of the trip was an overnight stay and dinner hosted for them by Queen Victoria at Windsor Castle in England,and became the first First Lady to write a memoir, though she was unable to find a publisher, and she had been dead almost 75 years when "The Personal Memoirs of Julia Dent Grant (Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant)" was finally published in 1975. Remembering you today, happy 188th birthday!
 Added: Jan. 26, 2014

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